Manufacturing Connect at Ercol Furniture

Navigating the uncertainty through International Trade

Our Manufacturing Connect events are hosted at manufacturers' facilities and include a factory tour, enabling best practice and information sharing with your peers.

Whether it's importing, exporting or simply participating in the supply chain, international trade is still a vital part of British manufacturing: in fact, 50% of UK exports come from the manufacturing sector.

According to historical data, companies who trade internationally are 5 times less likely to fail. An increased customer and supplier base are only a small part of the advantages of a solid export strategy, which can sharply reduce the risk and help navigate the uncertainty lying ahead.

The environment is changing rapidly, driven by factors such as Brexit, the devaluation of Sterling and the possibility to open up new markets. In this ever-changing scenario, EEF aims to help manufacturers overcome these hurdles and exploit new opportunities through international trade at this Manufacturing Connect event.


Get Inspired

  • Gain best practice sharing from Ercol, a world leading furniture brand.
  • Get insight to how your company could start exporting and look at new international markets.
  • Find out what improvements you could make to your export strategy
  • See a demonstration of Lloyd's online Trade Portal.

Get Informed

  • Learn from Ercol’s Senior Management Team about their company’s learnings, experiences and successes.
  • Hear from subject matter experts from Lloyds and UK Export Finance.
  • Gain an update on issues relating to export and how to open up new markets.

Get Connected

  • Learn from other companies attending and share best practice.
  • Network with industry peers facing the same challenges.


Who should attend?

  • CEOs, MDs, Finance Directors, Operations/Manufacturing Directors
  • Any businesses looking to start or improve their export trade
  • EEF members and non-members



Steve Cox, Relationship Director - Manufacturing, Lloyds Bank


Nick Garratt, Managing Director, Ercol Furniture


Craig Green, Export Finance Manager, UK Export Finance





09:00 - 09:15 Arrival, tea & coffee, networking

09:15 - 09:25

Welcome & introductions, Gayle Oliver, EEF and Steve Cox, Lloyds
09:25 - 09:45 Manufacturing Community & new Problem Solving Network, Kirsty Areki, EEF
09:45 - 10:15 Overview of company sharing success stories, how Ercol exports successfully, Nick Garratt, Managing Director, Ercol

10:15 - 10:45

Lloyds Bank International Trade Portal – Practical Support for Business, Steve Cox, Relationship Director
10:45 - 11:00 Comfort Break
11:00 - 11:30 What UKEF does, overview of UKEF, Craig Green, Export Finance Manager, UK Export Finance
11:30 - 12:30 Factory Tour
12:30 - 13:00 Q & A Panel Discussion, facilitated by Kirsty Areki, EEF, in the Ercol showroom
13:00 - 13:30 Lunch & Networking 

EEF will not normally refuse entry to events, however, it is our policy to not admit competitors of EEF or our host facility into Manufacturing Connect events.

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